Our York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24 & 25; open for Glow at the Gardens.

Signage for drought experiment

Plant Selection for Restoration

October 22, 2018 | Research & Conservation
This summer, I conducted a greenhouse drought experiment on seven plant species used in prairie restoration. The experiment tests the effect of drought on multiple wild populations of each species to understand how the environment where these seed populations were collected from relates to their...Learn more
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) with traps open awaiting insects

Plant Predators: Active Traps

October 18, 2018 | Tamara Kilbane
As Halloween draws near, it seems fitting to highlight a group of bloodthirsty plants that lure, capture and devour insects (and sometimes even small mammals) in order to survive in the nutrient-poor soils of their native habitats. These carnivorous plants can be found growing around the world. The...Learn more
Saussurea weberi at Hoosier Pass

A Good Seed Can Be Hard to Find

October 15, 2018 | Alex Seglias
Plant biodiversity is being lost at an accelerated rate as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and multiple other factors. To conserve native plant species, many institutions are turning towards ex situ methods, such as storage in seed banks. Seed banks store seeds at low moisture (3-7...Learn more
Peppers

Beginning Market Farming Certificate Series

October 11, 2018 | Brien Darby
Learn from local farmers and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Attend all lectures and workshops to earn the Beginning Market Farming Certificate from Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension. Core curriculum starts Oct. 26, 2018. Lectures on Fridays from...Learn more
Carving Real Pumpkins

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Pumpkin?

October 8, 2018 | Special Events
With only a few days to go before Glow at the Gardens ™, we are eagerly awaiting the nights that our pumpkin sculptures will come to life. And we’re not the only ones: jack-o-lantern events are becoming increasingly popular, popping up in more and more cities all over the country. Most of these...Learn more
Oregon grape (Berberis repens)

October Walking Tour – Beyond Aspens: Native Plants with Fall Color

October 4, 2018 | Jen Toews
By now, most spring and summer flowers have faded, but don’t fret: The shorter days and cooler temperatures have brought with them an autumnal kaleidoscope of yellows, golds, oranges, bronzes, reds and purples. Celebrate the change of seasons with a walking tour of the Gardens and an opportunity to...Learn more
City Bees Along the High Line Canal

City Bees Along the High Line Canal

October 1, 2018 | Research & Conservation
This summer Denver Botanic Gardens conducted a multi-faceted project along the 71-mile High Line Canal that traverses the Denver Metro Area. In this post, you’ll receive some insights into one aspect of this project, the High Line Canal bee survey. While honey bees and bumblebees are easily...Learn more
Japanese Garden, Shofu-En

A Summer in Shofu-En

September 28, 2018 | Horticulture Intern
As an American, learning what I could from books and professors, Japanese garden design seemed almost sacred. I quickly found myself focusing on individual symbolic details of traditional Japanese gardens and how to ‘correctly’ and ‘authentically’ translate these elements within a different...Learn more
Big Sandy Creek in Prowers County

Exploring the Eastern Plains

September 26, 2018 | Melissa Islam
Tucked among the crop circles and plowed acres east of Denver is a patchwork of land that holds one of Colorado’s most precious and vulnerable landscapes: native prairies. Bordering the eastern flanks of the Rocky Mountains, these prairies occur in a region commonly referred to as the Eastern...Learn more
Fall Plant and Bulb Sale

Ask a Horticulturist: Fall Plant & Bulb Sale

September 24, 2018 | Special Events
Many of us think of spring when we imagine ourselves donning gardening gloves, straw hats, and muddy shoes for a trek into the garden to plant. But there is plenty of gardening that can (and should) start in the fall! At our annual Fall Plant & Bulb Sale, gardeners can browse hundreds of bulb...Learn more
A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream

A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream

September 21, 2018 | Matt Cole
One of Colorado’s tranquil county parks is descending back into the medieval mania of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummers Night’s Dream.” This abridged production will take place at Riverdale Regional Park in Adams County and is a collaboration with Adams County, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and...Learn more
Great Blue Heron at Deer Creek at Chatfield Farms

Make a Pond and They Will Come

September 19, 2018 | Research & Conservation
Water can be a fickle friend to ephemeral streams that go dry for part of the year. Water levels can change dramatically over the course of only a couple days. But when the rains come and water levels rise, so do the critters. Chatfield Farms is jam-packed with furry and feathery friends, which we...Learn more

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